If I had to sum up my personality in a short phrase, it would be: 7-year-old enthusiasm and a 70-year-old soul. My name is Elizabeth Whitley, and I am an easily excitable, free-spirited, (almost weirdly) mature, twenty-something female. This may provide some context as you dive into my blog posts and writings.
I was born and raised on the east coast of Florida and ventured up to South Carolina six years ago to pursue educational and ministry opportunities. I am still in awe of the seasons and mountains and the fact that I am a true owner of warm clothing now! I live in Greenville, South Carolina where I work as a university admissions counselor by day and enjoy writing by night. Currently, I blog here on my website, write articles for Theology Mix, and am working on a book about what I have learned and what the Bible has to say about being faithful and effective in singleness.
When I’m not working and I’m not writing, I also serve as a life group leader at Thrive Church in Greenville. When I can catch a spare hour or two, you may find me out ballroom dancing, exploring Downtown Greenville with friends, watching Hallmark movies, running, or cruising around the Blue Ridge Mountains with the top down in a bright blue convertible.
I especially have a heart for singles at this time. I am single and have, for the most part, always been single. I am convinced that it is not because something is wrong with me. It is not because I am unworthy, lacking, not good enough, or undeserving of love. Rather, I believe that God has kept me single for divine purposes and for such a time as this.
During this appointed time in my life, my desire is to serve as a validating and affirming voice for single men and women. I hope to strike up some much-needed conversations around the theology of singleness and what we should think about it. The culture often diminishes, critiques, and judges us and this lifestyle. I hope to equip others to embrace and support their single friends, church members, and relatives. As Paul said in First Corinthians 7, singleness is a gift. When lived selflessly and to the fullest, singleness opens doors of opportunity to serve God and others in a unique and powerful way, even when it’s hard. I am well-aware that singleness can represent both joyful times and broken dreams, and I’m not afraid to get real and discuss both.
The sole purpose of this site is to share what I am learning through life experiences, Scripture, relationships, adventures, good times, and tough times. I have found that being generous with lessons learned makes any disappointments, uncertainties, or trials well worth the trouble! Healthy and tactful transparency can be so cleansing for me. I hope that it might be a blessing to others in some small way too. Through each chapter in my own life story, I aspire to take others along for the ride, as I communicate my own epiphanies and lessons learned about what it means to be purposeful, intentional, and effective- every step of the way.
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